Julian Lloyd Webber new youth patron of BSO

2 August 2012, 09:23 | Updated: 2 August 2012, 09:27

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have announced the acclaimed cellist as the patron of their BSO Vibes scheme, in an effort to make classical music accessible to 14-25 year olds

Julian Lloyd Webber has accepted a post as patron of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's BSO Vibes scheme. Now in its second year, the scheme aims to make classical music accessible to young people with a programme of concerts in Poole, Bristol and Portsmouth.

Attendees are invited to meet conductors, soloists and BSO musicians as part of the scheme, and have access to rehearsals. The second season of concerts will begin in October with Lloyd Webber giving a masterclass to four young cellists, followed by a Q&A session.

Of the new appointment, Lloyd Webber has said: "I am delighted to become the first Patron of BSO Vibes. This scheme is a fantastic way for young people across the South and South West to engage with a world class symphony orchestra."

The strand of events chimes with Lloyd Webber's own interest in youth music: "I have a huge personal interest in education through classical music and audience development and I am delighted to be involved with the exciting growth of BSO Vibes in the coming years."